Presidential Harassment

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It’s always weird when Donald Trump goes off on one of his childish rants.  It’s just unusual, no matter how many times it happens, to see a grown man, especially one in his 70s, whine like a spoiled 4-year-old.  And make no mistake, every time he suggests that he’s the most victimized victim to ever be victimed, that is EXACTLY what he sounds like.  Here stand Donald Trump, a man who has lived his life at the pinnacle of privilege, claiming that people are being too mean, too unfair to him.  He claims that people shouldn’t be allowed to engage in “presidential harassment.”  Really?  He didn’t seem to take issue with it for the better part of a decade when he harassed Barack Obama about his citizenship.  Harassing people he doesn’t like or agree with is how he has spent the better part of his presidency, and now he is calling foul now that the idea of people really looking into his shady practices is looking to be a reality.  But I think most of us can see this for the sham that it is: the gasps of a desperate imbecile.

Direct Answers

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If there is one thing I’ve learned that one should never do in politics, is fail to give a direct answer to a question that could make you look guilty.  I initially learned the lesson when Rex Tillerson refused to say that he called Trump a moron by dancing around the question.  When you fail to actually say you didn’t do something, there WILL be a significant group of people who will ask if that means you did do it.  Donald Trump didn’t learn that lesson as shown last weekend, when Jeanine Pirro asked if he was a Russian agent.  Instead of just saying “No” or “of course now”, he went with the dance, suggesting that the question was offensive.  Especially considering the recent reports that suggest there is a good reason to believe that Trump may be hiding a lot in regards to his relationship to Putin.  It’s worrying to hear that he’s been hiding the transcripts of his interactions with the despot, and it doesn’t do anyone any good for Trump to drop the “offended” card, which is weird given his and his supporters penchant for making fun of people for taking any kind of offense.

Battle of Wits

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So the New York Time released a possible list of questions that Mueller reportedly gave Trump’s legal team.  Now of course, that situation has created a firestorm of stories and questions.  Who leaked the list?  Why? Who aims to benefit? How many tweets was Trump going to devote to it?  How many times would he say “Collusion” or “Witch Hunt”?  But what has been noted is the phrasing behind the question.  Their design seem intended to appeal to Trump’s love of explaining things as opposed to short, succinct, yes or no answers.  Now, critics of the investigation say that the point of these questions is to catch Trump in a lie.  I say any question, no matter how it’s phrased, is likely to have that happen, because the man publicly lies, on average, 5 times a day, and that’s not hyperbole.  The funny thing is, I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump went and answered these questions anyway, because all the people around him are almost certainly telling him not to, and Trump a) doesn’t like being told what to do, and b) thinks he’s too intelligent to be tricked.  Gotta love his confidence, right?